A Visit from Lucy
One of the joys of living on this island is that I am continually coming across singers and sanshin players who live close by. Last week I was contacted by a neighbour of mine, Nao, who is a supporting musician for the Okinawan-Peruvian singer Lucy. Then on Sunday both Nao and Lucy came to my house for dinner – bringing with them sanshin, guitar and sanba – and afterwards gave a wonderful impromptu performance in my living room!
Lucy has recently released her first album – to be reviewed here soon. She was born and raised in Lima as a third generation Okinawan-Peruvian, and embarked on her musical journey by studying the sanshin at the age of ten. In 1993 she entered an international karaoke competition in Japan as a delegate of Peru and was awarded first prize. A year later she moved to Okinawa and has since entered a number of competitions and won several prizes. She has also appeared on television and has now released the album Ninufabushi.
While Lucy was here she began by singing ‘Tinsagu nu Hana’ and finished with a lovely version of the Yaeyama classic ‘Tubarama’.
Luckily, the Norwegian photographer Heiko Junge was back in Okinawa on one of his trips (see my interview with him on this blog last September) and by chance he was visiting me at the same time. This explains the inclusion here of so many good photos of Lucy taken during the evening.